Posted February 07, 2018 at 12:10 PM | Updated February 07, 2018 at 02:03 PM
Lou Williams, Raul Neto
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. Today is the day when teams will start to lock in and the rumors will likely continue.
Not much has changed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are coming off yet another head-scratching loss Tuesday night against the lottery-bound Orlando Magic. Will that new low push them into a deal, feeling a move or two is necessary to fix the numerous problems?
If that’s the direction they want to go, do they even have the assets to pull of that kind of trade? The questions will continue and the clock is ticking.
Here is a roundup of the latest rumors around the NBA.
By Chris Fedor, cleveland.com
Lou Williams, Clippers working on contract extension
Williams, averaging 23.3 points and expected to be one of the most sought-after players at the NBA trade deadline, may not end up going anywhere. According to ESPN, the Clippers and Williams are having contract extension discussions and a new contract is within reach before Thursday.
With Williams possibly going back to Los Angeles, it could lead to other teams in search of a scoring boost strengthening their efforts for Memphis’ Tyreke Evans or Utah’s Rodney Hood. The Celtics, 76ers, Nuggets and Heat are expected to be in the mix for Evans, who has been sitting out the last few games,
Marco Belinelli on the move
The Atlanta Hawks, with the NBA’s worst record, have made numerous players available. That list is long and includes Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon and Marco Belinelli, among others.
Belinelli, who is averaging 11.4 points and shooting 37 percent from 3-point range, was held out of Atlanta’s matchup against Memphis on Tuesday night, with the belief that he is going to move — even if the destination is currently unknown.
Belinelli is in the final year of a deal that pays him $6.6 million.
Grizzlies unlikely to deal Marc Gasol
There has been plenty of speculation about center Marc Gasol being the next star on the move, especially with the Grizzlies suffering through a horrible, injury-riddled season.
While things can change quickly in the NBA, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix believes Memphis trading Gasol is “unlikely.”
According to the report, Memphis has taken calls for the three-time NBA All-Star, but officials haven’t been impressed with the offers.
This comes on the heels of ESPN’s Zach Lowe saying the Cavs and Grizzlies have had “no dialogue” about a Gasol blockbuster.
Willy Hernangomez heading to Charlotte
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez wanted to be traded, feeling there was a logjam keeping him from playing time. Well, he got his wish. Sort of, anyway.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Hernangomez is going to Charlotte for a pair of second-round picks and Johnny O’Bryant.
It’s tough to see how this helps Hernangomez. He will now be competing with Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller for playing time. Unless, of course, the Hornets continue to make other deals. Charlotte, on the outside of the playoff picture, is looking to shed salary and have dangled point guard Kemba Walker.